17 The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. (NIV)
Isaiah 32:1 - 20
ESV - 1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. 2 Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
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The Hebrew word (anglicized as "shaqat") that is translated as "quietness" in the cited verse appears 41 times in the Bible. It does not refer to an absence of sound, but is expressed by words such as "rest", "calm", or "undisturbed" that describe a quietness of spirit or disposition. It is that attribute on a larger or even universal scale that the prophet is saying will characterize not only temporal events (such as the reign of King Hezekiah), but also (speaking in a dual sense as Old Testament prophecy often does) the entire earth under God's direct future rule.
"Silence is golden" is what my wife says to me. She is referring to the peace that she would like to have at the moment. And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever." King James Bible 32:17 quietness and security forever This same effect was predicted in Isa 30:15. -- 15 "For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not." The false ease and security of the women in v. 9 ["Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech."] are replaced by genuine rest and security that comes from the righteousness of God. Faithlife Study Bible (Is 32:17). Isa 32:17. work—the effect (Pr 14:34; Jam 3:18). peace—internal and external. --JFB Isaiah 32:17 NET-- "Fairness will produce peace and result in lasting security."-- I quoted this verse from the Net Bible after being asked, "How are you?" I replied, "Fair," and then quoted the verse. At work, this Syrian Jew, as he identified himself, David, said, "I don't believe that. I live with too many imperfect people." After giving that some hours of thought, I came back and said, "I agree with you, David. But when Jesus comes back [to rule and reign], it will happen. " He then agreed and said, "this has been an interesting conversation, and I have enjoyed it." "Likewise," I replied and am praying for more opportunities to witness to this Jewish unbeliever.
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